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Fire therapy

by SteveKorz
posted 07-07-2008 02:01 AM


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#1 posted 07-07-2008 02:28 AM

i also enjoy watching things burn.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 02:32 AM

Steve – one of the most satisfying things I did was sell just about everything I owned when I moved to Texas. I had an 11 room house stuffed full of stuff. Some of that stuff, like yours, had not seen the light of day in years. I auctioned it all off. Had an auctioneer come out, had a drinks stand, etc. I made some money from the sale. But it was strangely satisfying to get rid of all that extra stuff.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 02:33 AM

I think there’s a lot to be said for Simplicity.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 03:00 AM

We keep threatning to have a yard sale but I can’t get the wife to follow through with it, we are being buried by stuff we haven’t used for years. Clothes that are out of style, and no longer fit. She keeps saying I need to get rid of some of my tools, but thats where I draw the line.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 03:03 AM

HMMMMMM…........FIRE GOOD! I really like burning things when I can. We have a shreder for papers, but I usually just build a good pile and then go build a fire.

There have been some that say that the best way to tell how good a fireman is at putting fires out is best seen how well they build them.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 03:52 AM

Can I come throw some of my (wife’s) stuff on the fire??? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 05:33 AM

Charlie, you’re more than welcome- If you can get close enough… I’ve got it preeeetty hot… lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 05:37 AM

Steve,

I too have had to make similar choices…

BUT, the good ole days of burning, here, is illegal… we can’t burn anything… NOTHING… except in our inside fireplace!

In order to clear out our garage to make room for Walking through it, a small collection of tools, chests, etc., I had to throw away some really GOOD stuff… Teletype equipment that should have gone to a museum some where… Lots of electronic stuff (aka junk boxes)... As a result, we still have alot of GOOD STUFF that we haven’t used in years, but can’t see it going to junk yard… EBay selling is another choice… it takes time & effort…

I do have a small collection of tools… that I have fun using… alot of moving this to get there, etc…. BUT it’s fun overall although frustrating at times.

I do know what you mean…

Hey, now… just WHEN did you burn that stuff?
It seems there was a huge fire up there recently…
How did it start? :) :D

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 05:39 AM

Steve,

I too have had to make similar choices…

BUT, the good ole days of burning, here, is illegal… we can’t burn anything… NOTHING… except in our inside fireplace!

In order to clear out our garage to make room for Walking through it, have a small collection of tools, chests, etc., I had to throw away some really GOOD stuff… Teletype equipment that should have gone to a museum some where… Lots of electronic stuff (aka junk boxes)... As a result, we still have alot of GOOD STUFF that we haven’t used in years, but can’t see it going to dump… EBay selling is another choice… it takes time & effort…

I do have a small collection of tools… that I have fun using… alot of moving this to get there, etc…. BUT it’s fun overall although frustrating at times.

I do know what you mean…

Hey, now… just WHEN did you burn that stuff?
It seems there was a huge fire up there recently…
How did it start? :) :D

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 07-07-2008 05:41 AM

I used to drive by the gas station and think, “Geez, Diesel fuel is getting expensive.” Then, without regard to cost, I’m pouring that magic diesel fire starter on a pile of junk with a propane torch in my hand… laughing out loud… like Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movie…. lol…

The more I burned, the better I felt… Sometimes the cost of fuel just doesn’t matter…. lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 07-08-2008 03:57 AM

Can I send some of my fuel for your fire?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 07-08-2008 05:23 AM

Steve, I too am in a no burn zone worse luck. No more bon-fires on cracker night, in fact no more crackers or penny bungers worse luck. Nothing like a good camp fire to sit & watch the stars & sink a beer or two. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-08-2008 06:53 AM

If only you had a vehicle that could have burned that stuff.
We need cars that will run on garbage.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#14 posted 07-08-2008 01:28 PM

Wow, done the same 2 weeks ago…man did it make a differnce in the house!!!

Fire was the best way to do it!!

-- Jimmy

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#15 posted 07-09-2008 03:29 AM

OK … now you need some of these in your barn

He’ll hep ya clean

Admit it … You missed me

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#16 posted 07-09-2008 04:27 AM

Hello Steve;
—-now this reminds me….of what some folks call ‘their’ barns.

Large Closet Space

And at the moment I’ve got about 4 large burn piles waiting for that special time of….’’and yes, we have ignition….’’, of course a lot of what I have is wood clean up from my 360 degree outside shop space.

I’ve heard tales of how the old timers, used old tires in the middle of those burn piles to make for some good fire starts….but that was ages ago, and then there was the times of all those special mixtures. Now I use a 5 gallon propane tank and large propane burn torch….works great in the winter also since I can crank the valve all the way open and just lay the torch in the pile.

....and then what about the movie Firestarter , hmmm….any relation to that Stephen….LOL?

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#17 posted 07-09-2008 05:17 AM

Gary- If you can get me a car that’ll run off of junk, I’ll buy it! I could have went for months without buying gas!... lol.

Odie- Heck yeah… I missed you so much that this is an official invitation for you to come to Illinois and help me clean out my barns… LOL… (pics were great, by the way)

Frank- My grandpa used to burn a tire with everything in the 70’s… how times have changed. The EPA would be all over that now. I’m a good boy and burn what they allow me to. Unlike Grumpy, I can still have camp fires and bonfires (thank goodness!).

I’m getting ready to start Phase 2- I called the local landfill today… As soon as I can sort all the stuff that I can’t burn and isn’t good enough to sell, then off to the landfill I go…. (my smile is getting bigger and bigger!)

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#18 posted 07-09-2008 05:20 AM

You should have done a video of the fire!

-- - Ray

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#19 posted 07-09-2008 06:58 PM

GIT-R-DUN!!!!
fire good!!!!

but as soon as you burn it you will NEED IT!!!
happens every time

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#20 posted 07-09-2008 07:27 PM

My wife and I “cleaned-out” in stages. These stages were dictated by our kids lives. When they went to college we cleared the place of all of the athletic equipment, games and clothes that were no loner to be used. The stuffed animals filled 3 garbage bags. Bt the way, most of them were donated to the local animal shelter after the local fire dept. picked through them. The fire dept. gives them to children that need something to hold when disaster strikes. As the kids graduated and got places of their own Dad was there with boxes of stuff. Heck…if it ain’t good enough for them to take it sure ain’t good enough for me to store!
The house is a little bit bigger now. The downside (not really) is that as they got places of their own Dad had to built tables, dressers, you name it. Danm kids got so spoiled they don’t want store bought furniture. Besides…I guess the furniture Dad makes is cheaper for them.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#21 posted 07-09-2008 07:47 PM

I love fire :)

The flames are hypnotising

Callum

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#22 posted 07-10-2008 05:24 AM

AAAAHHHHHH!!!! Another big fire today… continuing to clean. Sawdust and everything else that shouldn’t be in there is gettin’ burned up! I think this is better than any Psycotherapy… lol… I’m having a better time getting rid of my junk than I would if I went on vacation…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#23 posted 07-10-2008 05:29 AM

Calling all pyros. Come on up to N. California if you want a fix. There are ashes falling from the sky and we haven’t seen the sun in two days.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#24 posted 07-10-2008 06:03 AM

It sounds like you guys might have too many pyros now… lol…

I hope everything stays “unburned” at your house…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#25 posted 07-10-2008 06:53 AM

I agree that fire is hypnotising, and Steve I do know what you mean about a certain satisfaction of getting rid of items no longer needed!
And to Frank , there ain’t nothin like one of them propane torches to get that fire going on a cold winter morning, and it is so cold you don’t even feel like tearing (or wadding) up newspaper to get your fire going (this is my only heat source) and because perhaps it was a little cold the night before to bring in the kindling LOL!!! Those propane torches work wonders even for inside fires, LOL!!! But I tell ya what, I have no clue why all those rumors went around about an earthquake was going to put California in the ocean or perhaps cut it in half so that there was going to be a north and a south California, because right now that is not even a worry. We are just going to burn out of existence.So right now “Fire” has a whole new meaning. I would say LOL, but it really isn’t funny,
BUT besides that , I agree with you all Fire CAN be really AWESOME under the right circumstances. Steve maybe your wife and you could start a side business called Burnin Buddies, or something, and you can start here. My husband has enough “stuff” to keep you busy for a couple days !!!
LOL!!!
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ChicoWoodnut beat me to this, We are all suffering in Northern Ca.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#26 posted 07-10-2008 10:53 PM

I like collecting a pile together , then light it up and share it with my friends over a few brewskis. Makes for a real plesant evening. My last pile included a blown down apple tree…it was about a 12’ high pile and left a scorched area 25’ across! I swear the flames were 30’ high! No one could get within’ 20’ of this, which was funny when the girls showed up with marshmallow sticks, wanting to make smores!

So invite a few buddies over for your next one.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#27 posted 07-11-2008 10:04 AM

Look out Steve, Odie might bring his elephant.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#28 posted 07-11-2008 02:39 PM

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#29 posted 07-11-2008 04:38 PM

I’m a bit hesitant to say much here. As a fireman for over 30 years, I’ve seen both sides of fire. The destructive unrelenting power it posesses. Also the calming soothing spiritualistic side of the “beast”.
As a live burn instructor since the early 80’s, I’ve burned more houses than most people have ever been in. Fire departments use them for training. I’ve done as many as 35 in one year, and even 2 in one day. The nicest was a house I’ll never be able to afford. The pocal power company bought it, and 28 days after the people moved out, I burned it to the ground to make way for a power substation. You could have moved in and not even had to sweep the floors. 2 story 3500 sq ft. sheesh…
One in particular brought tears to my eyes. An old family homeplace – the matriarch had died and the sons had literally fist-fought over who would get the house. After the last one got out of jail, (yep I know the family – no relation) they agreed that NO ONE would get the house and again, I burned it for training. The irreplaceable chestnut, oak, walnut, pecan, etc that was in that one 150 year old house – brought tears. And nope, I didn’t get as much as a pen blanks worth out of it. (I’m not going to talk about the house and woodworking shop… I made three trailer loads from there of ‘things’ I’ve saved/salvaged)
I have however, a great venue for disposing of old junk, furniture etc. If you really need to dispose of some stuff perhaps you might find an ally in the fire service. A sofa or chair burns differently than a pallet or a bale of straw, and (laws allowing) we’d rather make it as real as possible.
Believe me, I find the spiritual side of fire. What an amazing entity. in a flash ( no pun intended) from peaceful to completely out of control. Nature is amazing. I always smile when I hear people talk about ‘controlling mother natre’. I guess its perspective.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#30 posted 07-12-2008 04:34 PM

Fire, Fire, Everywhere… (yes, I’m still burning stuff!) The fire hasn’t went out in 5 days…

I’ve got the loft in the biggest barn completely cleaned out, and my shop is clean. My shop is cleaner right now than it’s ever been in my life… Just working on organizing it now. I’ve got the lower level of the biggest barn to go thru, then my wife is going to go thru the house. We’ll have a yard sale, then off to the salvation army! (YEE-HAW!) Once I put that old stuff on the fire, I know it’s “gone” and there isn’t any turning back… it FEELS GREAT!!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#31 posted 07-14-2008 03:09 AM

Now for all those furniture projects Steve.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#32 posted 07-14-2008 05:24 PM

Just for Grumpy and Steve

Did you hear the one about Allison? She was looking out of her kitchen window at her melon patch. She saw an elephant out there. She had never seen one before. So she got on the phone to Sheriff Steve and said, “Sheriff Steve, there is this strange animal with two tails out in my melon patch and you should see where it’s putting the melons with one of those tails.”

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#33 posted 07-14-2008 05:40 PM

I need one of those elephants to haul all my stuff to the salvage yard today… lol..

I’m getting ready to burn the last load of stuff today. It’s kind of a bummer that I don’t have something left that I can burn… lol. (I’m going to keep looking, there has to be something!) I have so much more space now that it truely is short of incredible. We’re going to have a yard sale Friday the 18th, and the rest will be gone then. Right now, I’m doin’ the happy dance. It’s a lot of work to go thru that much stuff, but Man-O-Man is it worth it….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#34 posted 07-14-2008 05:46 PM

Odie,
Your bad!

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#35 posted 07-15-2008 03:36 AM

EdC …. Thank You !!!!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#36 posted 07-15-2008 05:11 AM

Good one Odie, just as well there are no elephants down here.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#37 posted 07-15-2008 06:08 PM

I was really surprised… steel is so high… I got $56.00 for an old refridgerator and an old house furnace yesterday at the salvage yard… (oh yeah!). That goes toward my drum sander fund. I’m getting ready to haul all the stuff from the burn pile and the stuff I can’t burn to the landfill today. I’m getting more and more space all the time. When I get this yard sale done Friday, then I’ll have it all behind me. Then, onto shop setup!!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#38 posted 07-20-2008 03:32 AM

This what I use to clean me and the barn … what’s a barn?

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#39 posted 07-20-2008 03:37 AM

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#40 posted 07-22-2008 02:05 AM

I used to love sitting around the campfire watching it (as if it were TV?) getting lost in conversation then finally looking up and wondering when it got dark, and how late it really was.

I kicked some baby stuff to the curb this weekend, a couple good car seats, stroller and assorted similar things, posted a “Free Baby Stuff” sign down the road near one for a yard sale, and was thrilled when most of it was gone in the morning.

I always feel so much better after getting rid of stuff… sounds like I could borrow some motivation from you and your wife – or perhaps I could just let you come over and help clear out the house, attic… after less than 10 years of marriage, we don’t have nearly as much clutter, but, like a goldfish to it’s pond, going from a small bedroom to a small apt (900sf) to a 2000sf house not counting the attic, basement and 15×12 shed, our “stuff has really multiplied!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#41 posted 07-22-2008 04:38 AM

Yeah, it’s certainly easy to accumulate “stuff.” My wife and I started on our biggest barn, and we just kept going. I’ve been off work on “vacation” since July 01, and I’ve worked all but one day for two weeks on those dang barns. It’s worth it now, though. Once my wife got started, she went to the house, and I went to my shop… and kept cleaning stuff out (and burning what we could burn).

I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying it’s been to get rid of all that junk… er… stuff. lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#42 posted 07-22-2008 01:23 PM

well i must say ive never seen you so excited about a topic ! i personally think your clearly a closet pyro !!

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#43 posted 07-22-2008 04:11 PM

MrTrim- Did you take that from the north edge of my property? That pic is awesome… lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#44 posted 07-22-2008 06:54 PM

You might consider using Craigslist. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. My wife tends to purchase things that end up in storage 6 months later. I then sell it on Craigslist for a few bucks which goes into my “tool fund”. Yes – I have an envelop in my bedroom that actual says Tool Fund on it. It feels great to get rid of it. It feels better to make a few bucks and recycle items. I did burn a piano once – no one would come get it. I took a sledge to it. Scrap iron went to the recycling center.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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